Yanks’ Severino needs Tommy John surgery, will miss season.
The team said Tuesday the 26-year-old right-hander has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, a development that means the two-time All-Star will miss all of 2020 after being sidelined for nearly all of 2019.
Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek will operate Thursday in New York.
Left-hander James Paxton already was projected to miss the first two months of the season following back surgery on Feb. 5. Domingo Germán must serve the final 63 games of an 81-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. He is eligible to return June 5, barring any postponements.
Severino’s injury leaves the AL East favorites with a rotation of newly signed ace Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ and two openings. The usual recovery time for Tommy John surgery is a year or more.
“I don’t want to sugarcoat the fact that being without Sevy, that’s a blow, but it doesn’t change our expectations and what we’re truly capable of,” manager Aaron Boone said. “So, no, nothing changes.”
Lefty Jordan Montgomery, who came back in September from Tommy John surgery, has been throwing at up to 94 mph and is the leading candidate for one slot. Jonathan Loaisiga and rookies Deivi Garcia and Michael King are possibilities along with Luis Cessa.
“We’re always constantly looking for upgrades anyway,” general manager Brian Cashman said.
Elsewhere around the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues:
YANKEES 4, BLUE JAYS (SS) 1
Nick Tropeano allowed one hits in two innings and Brian Keller fanned the side as New York pitchers struck out 13.
Chris Iannetta had two hits and scored a run.
Santiago Espinal homered for the Blue Jays. Nate Pearson, Toronto’s first-round draft pick in 2017, struck out the side in a one-inning start. Phillippe Aumont gave up three runs and two hits while striking out five in two innings.
Tim Tebow hit a two-run homer for the Mets off Alex Wilson. The former Heisman Trophy winner was 9 for 60 — all singles — in previous spring training games entering this year.
Michael Wacha allowed one hit and two walks over two scoreless innings in his first Mets appearance.
Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz struck out three and allowed a home run to Trevor Larnach.
Jhoulys Chacín struck out two in his two-inning start and Zack Littell fanned three in two innings
Brandon Lowe tripled, singled and drove in three runs for Tampa Bay, a day after he was excused from a workout to attend to his spring training home, which had been threatened by a brush fire.
Baltimore’s Chris Davis hit his first home run of spring training.
RED SOX 12, ORIOLES (SS) 4
Connor Wong, acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Mookie Betts trade, hit a grand slam and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered for Boston.
José Ureña started and pitched two scoreless innings. Jorge Guzman got four outs in relief, two by strikeout, but gave up Chas McCormick’s grand slam.
Brandon Bielak struck out three over two innings in the start for the Astros, but surrendered two home runs.
BLUE JAYS (SS) 8, PHILLIES (SS) 6
PHILLIES (SS) 6, PIRATES 2
Philadelphia starter Ranger Suárez gave up two hits and struck out one in two innings.
Drew Storen had a strikeout in a clean inning of relief. Jose Gomez singled, tripled and drove in three runs.
John Ryan Murphy hit a two-run homer for Pittsburgh. Starter Joe Musgrove got six straight outs.
Paul DeJong hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs for St. Louis.
NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Juan Soto hit an opposite-field, two-run homer to left.
Aníbal Sánchez gave up a run and two hits in two innings with two strikeouts.
Shortstop prospect Jose Garcia hit two home runs for Cincinnati.
DIAMONDBACKS 7, DODGERS 3
Ketel Marte doubled and singled for the Diamondbacks and Jon Jay added two hits.
A.J. Pollock hit his first spring home run while Justin Turner and Corey Seager both doubled for Los Angeles. Victor Gonzalez, added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster to protect him from the 2019 Rule 5 draft, made his first career Cactus League start, giving up two hits and an earned run while striking outing over an inning.
With fans still talking about his monster home home run in the Indians’ spring opener, Franmil Reyes hit two doubles. Reyes spent the winter at Cleveland’s development complex in the Dominican Republic, where he lost 18 pounds and added strength to his frame. Cleveland starter Shane Bieber worked a clean first inning.
WHITE SOX (SS) 4, GIANTS 3
Drew Anderson gave up two hits over two scoreless innings in the start for Chicago, but Kelvin Herrera was tagged for four hits and three earned runs in an inning of relief. Luis Robert tripled and Jose Abreu doubled.
Wes Parsons worked two scoreless innings in the start for the Rockies, who plan to convert him back into a starting pitcher after using him in relief in 2019. David Dahl singled and doubled to drive in a run. Drew Butera doubled and drove in two runs.
Cubs starter Jon Lester had a rough first outing, giving up three earned runs on three hits and two walks in an inning of work. Ian Happ drove in three runs with a double and Jason Heyward doubled for the Cubs.
Evan White, the Mariners‘ first-round pick in the 2017 draft and slated to be team’s starting first baseman this season, doubled and singled. Kendall Graveman worked two innings in his return from Tommy John surgery, giving up a hit and a walk.
Ryan McBroom homered for Kansas City, hitting a 3-2 fastball from Cody Allen into a strong win blowing in that soared over the Royals bullpen behind the left field wall. Starter Jorge Lopez got two outs in the third inning before leaving, striking out five and allowing just one hit.
Joey Lucchesi worked two innings in the start in his bid to break into the Padres’ rotation, giving up a run on a hit and a walk in the first inning, then retiring the side in order in the second. Ty France and Jason Vosler each doubled.
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